Judge Mark DeCaria 2009

Judge Mark DeCaria speaks to the audience after being sworn in as 2nd District Court Judge in Ogden in 2009. (NICHOlAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner)

SALT LAKE CITY — Ogden and Weber County will soon have a new district judge.

The 2nd District Judicial Nominating Commission announced Friday the possible replacements for an Ogden district judge who announced his retirement in October and will depart the bench in April.

Possible replacements for the departing Judge Mark DeCaria include several people previously nominated for vacancies in Utah’s 2nd Judicial District.

Candidates for the job consist of five people: Bryce Froerer, an attorney and shareholder at the Ogden-based Froerer & Miles, P.C.; T.R. Morgan, a current 2nd District Court commissioner; Brandon Poll, criminal division chief for the Davis County Attorney’s Office; Reuben Renstrom, a justice court judge for the South Ogden Justice Court, South Weber Justice Court, Harrisville Justice Court, Riverdale Justice Court and Woods Cross Justice Court; and J.C. Ynchausti, a justice court judge for the Davis County Justice Court.

Poll, Renstrom and Ynchausti were previously nominated as possible candidates to fill two judge positions in Davis County district courts, but were not selected.

The state recently replaced two district court judges in Davis County. Michael Edwards and David Williams were appointed in October to replace then-outgoing judges Michael Allphin and Glen Dawson who have since retired.

The state is asking for public input on the five candidates. Written comments can be sent by letter or email. Those who want to voice their opinions on the judge vacancy and the five candidates are encouraged to email 2nd District Judicial Nominating Commission Chair Mark Johnson at judicialvacancies@utah.gov or send a letter to the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, P.O. Box 142330, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2330.

The deadline for written public comments is Feb. 19, 2019.

The candidates are vying to replace DeCaria, who has been on the district court bench since 2009. Before his appointment to the district court, DeCaria served as Weber County Attorney for 15 years, according to his Utah State Court biography. He has also served as a deputy County Attorney and Ogden City prosecutor.

DeCaria is also a founding member of the Weber Morgan Domestic Violence Coalition and a member of the committee that started Weber County’s drug court program.

Jacob Scholl is the Cops and Courts Reporter for the Standard-Examiner. Email him at jscholl@standard.net and follow him on Twitter at @Jacob_Scholl.

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